At camp this past week, we just completed such a fun theme. “Never Never Land Week” was probably my favorite of the entire summer , as the imagination and creative possibilities were endless. Yesterday, there were children dressed up as fairies and pirates, and camp became a fairytale. You could just see all the joy in the children’s little faces, and it was the happiest day watching them transform into these characters.
As you all know, I am a music specialist, but one thing I don’t write about too often is that a I teach drama to preschoolers in the summer, as well. I love teaching drama, as I do have a background in theatre arts, and it is so nice to be able to do some new activities with the kids. Children, after all, have incredible imaginations, so the idea of pretending comes so naturally to them. I love nurturing that creativity and seeing it blossom.
This past week, I gave the children a magic wand “straight from a Neverland fairy!” The possessor of this magic wand would have the capability to turn their friends into anything they wanted. It was such a simple activity, but the creativity blew me away. I saw my little friends turn into kitties, puppies, ants, peacocks, candy canes, surfboards, a rain storm, and my personal favorite; ouchies! The dramatic play that went into these magical transformations was inspiring and sometimes hilarious. I love these kids!
At one school, I was completing their last music & drama time of the summer. As we were finishing the magic wand activity, I told the kids that we didn’t really need the magic wand to do all of that pretending. I explained to them that creativity and imagination is magic that we all already have within us. I encouraged them to share their creativity with as many people as they could, and that they could fill the world with magic. One little girl began to cry, as she was about to start a new school and was realizing that her time at her comfort zone preschool was nearing its end. We hugged, and through smiling tears, I know that she has plans to share her imagination with others. It made me feel so good!
So…I do believe it is true. We DO all have magic within us. Grown ups, too….though sometimes it’s more difficult for us to tap into that creativity. We must all work on sharing it with the world, because that is what makes the world beautiful. My song of the day is America’s “You Can Do Magic,” because that is my mantra for the moment. Here is the Youtube link to this classic song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrOHjcf30-g&feature=related. As the song says, “you can have anything that you desire,” so go get it!